Once a year for about 60 days my dog itches and bites at his feet until I just want to cry because anything I’ve tried doesn’t seem to 100% help. I wanted to find out if the NutriScan kit to solve dog allergies actually worked.
Dexter suffers from allergies year-round, which are relatively staved off with Atarax 25 mg one to two times a day and oatmeal baths along with frequent brushing and omega oils added to his very nutritious Honest Kitchen diet.
So these flare-ups are worrisome for me and bothersome for my dog. When I found out about Nutriscan from the Hemopet lab, I had to learn more. The test is the brainchild of Fidose Pawer Women, Dr. Jean Dodds. You do this test at home (or with a veterinarian if you so desire) by simply obtaining a sample of your dog’s saliva, mailing it to the lab, and you get the most amazing results returned to you: WHAT FOODS YOUR DOG IS ALLERGIC TO!
NO serum testing, no picking the dog via allergy testing, no discomfort for your dog. I am so excited about this news that I had to share it with Fidose of Reality readers.
There are two panels available. You order them over the Internet and you can choose to have the kit sent to yourself or your dog’s veterinarian.
NutriScan tests for the twenty most commonly ingested foods by dogs to provide you with specific results. Most notably, you can have the results in approximately two weeks to help you put your dog on the right diet. Dog food allergies and sensitivities are no fun, and finally someone in the know has a test to help.
Dr. Dodds recommends that dogs, like humans, be tested for food intolerances at least yearly, as allergens and reactions change with time. You can learn more about the NutriScan testing here and how it works: NutriScan testing for dogs.
The bottom line: There are 2 panels, each costs $125.00. When you consider what trips to the vet costs and the discomfort to your dog in being itchy or sick, this is very reasonable. Here are the two panels presently available and what they test for:
Within about 2 weeks after the lab receives and processes the sample, you will receive a report that looks like this from NutriScan.
I opted for Panel 1 only, since Dexer is not exposed to any of the ingredients in panel 2.
What arrived within a few days was a test kit. I decided to test the dog myself and mail the sample back to the lab. The whole process was relatively very easy. Here are the instructions I received in the kit.
My Cocker Spaniel has pretty big jowls and he allowed the cotton rope to be placed in his cheek. I heated some lean ground beef and had it nearby. Dexter was definitely starting to excrete saliva, a mandatory element to test success.
So with a spit-laden cotton rope, I placed it in the lab tube and mailed it Priority Mail to the lab. Within 10 days, I received this email:
My assessment: I wish more pet moms and pet dads knew about this test. I now know my dog cannot eat venison and I can ease my fears that he had a beef or chicken allergy. I plan to retest yearly, because just like human allergies, pet allergies can ebb, flow, and change. And my little guy is worth $125 a year to test for something that ends up costing dog parents so much more. A third panel is in the works. This also does not test for environmental allergies, but I now know what not to feed.
Do you suspect your dog has food allergies? What have you tried to date?